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This Week I Learned

Your audio guide to the most fascinating and fun revelations, reports, and studies on the internet. Quick, concise, and infectiously entertaining, This Week I Learned promises to make learning fun again.

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Ep. 2: This week I learned why dogs are so freaked out by fireworks, and more

This week I learn why your dog panics during thunderstorms, about the 'dancing plague' that swept medieval Europe, why monkeys also shed friends in old age, and which Oscar-winning actress almost became an Olympian.

10mins

1 Jul 2016

Rank #1

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Ep. 3: This week I learned that we think with our hands, and more

This week I learned that gesturing while you talk is good for the mind, about a new and potentially better addressing system, that a poison ivy allergy is a nearly exclusively human affliction, and that Elie Wiesel once reviewed Disneyland.

10mins

8 Jul 2016

Rank #2

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Ep. 4: This week I learned eating more fruits and veggies makes you happier immediately, and more

This week I learned there's a short-term boost to eating healthy, that dinosaurs didn't roar, that in the 1920s a flood of female mayors were elected into office, and that artificial sweetener may be tricking you into eating more.

8mins

15 Jul 2016

Rank #3

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Ep. 73: This week I learned that dogs can smell happiness, and more

This week I learned that dogs can smell happiness, that bees can also be right-or left-handed, that the Polish composer Frederic Chopin's death-bed request was that his heart be sent back to Poland, and that not so long ago you could pay people to eat your sins.

12mins

10 Nov 2017

Rank #4

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Ep. 19: This week I learned stressful jobs can actually prolong your life, and more

This week I learned the caveat that makes stressful jobs good for your health, the phrase "Patient Zero" was coined accidentally, exposure to a second language during infancy leaves a permanent impression on the brain, and drought is ruining fall's splendor.

9mins

28 Oct 2016

Rank #5

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Ep. 74: This week I learned the dinosaurs could still be alive today if the asteroid had hit pretty much anywhere else, and more

This week I learned dinosaurs almost weren't wiped out 66 million years ago, that wounds heal faster during the day, that bugs have certain preferences when it comes to your home, and that penguins have a more efficient walk than humans.

11mins

17 Nov 2017

Rank #6

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Ep. 16: This week I learned dogs can tell time with their noses, and more

This week I learned the wonderful olfactory world of a dog, a sense of humor may extend your life, how to quickly ease feelings of regret, and how the pineapple became a symbol of hospitality.

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7 Oct 2016

Rank #7

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Ep. 24: This week I learned your brain doesn't know the difference between feeling high and feeling spiritual, and more

This week I learned your brain doesn't know the difference between feeling high and feeling spiritual, that dogs may actually be self-aware, there's a spider species that's breaking the parenting mold, and the science of freezing and thawing your food.

10mins

2 Dec 2016

Rank #8

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Ep. 21: This week I learned there's a bright side to the gripping fear of death, and more

This week I learned how the fear of death improves your athletic game, that it's better if you don't wash your office coffee mug, why we get a lump in our throat when we cry, and that American workers get way less vacation time than medieval peasants.

7mins

11 Nov 2016

Rank #9

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Ep. 36: This week I learned why we're all suckers for the good cop/bad cop routine, and more

This week I learned how the good cop/bad cop routine works, that dads also go through hormonal changes after becoming parents, that fish "talk" with their urine, and that Earth has a secret hidden eighth continent.

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24 Feb 2017

Rank #10

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Ep. 14: This week I learned why turbulence isn’t as scary as it feels, and more

This week I learned we can stop freaking out about air turbulence, that pigeons have reading skills, why we should all be fidgeting at our desks, and what the shape of our ears affects our hearing.

9mins

23 Sep 2016

Rank #11

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Ep. 67: This week I learned a good mood can make the flu vaccine more effective, and more

This week I learned good moods can boost the effective rate of the flu vaccine, the benefits of identifying your cat's personality, about an extinct frog with a jaw strength to rival a lion's, and that some doctors in the 1920s prescribed death-defying airplane rides as cures for illness. To learn more, visit TheWeek.com/Podcasts

17mins

29 Sep 2017

Rank #12

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Ep. 52: This week I learned that a low-carb diet may be changing your personality, and more

This week I learned that a low-carb diet may be influencing how you make decisions, why Spaniards eat so late, that there’s a species of pine tree that grows at an angle, and why you shouldn’t use the word 'gypped.'

13mins

16 Jun 2017

Rank #13

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Ep. 20: This week I learned elevator close-door buttons don’t do anything, and more

This week I learned you can stop pressing the elevator close button, that having friends at the gym isn't helping you any, disgust is a confidence booster, and marijuana might just improve your night vision.

7mins

4 Nov 2016

Rank #14

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Ep. 47: This week I learned smiling actually makes you look older, and more

This week I learned your smile is aging you, that the language you speak changes your perception of time, about the badass lady pirates of the 18th century, and why stripes mess with our brains.

13mins

12 May 2017

Rank #15

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Ep. 35: This week I learned honeybees say 'oops' when they're startled, and more

This week I learned the sound bees make when they bump into each other, that a well-timed cup of coffee can boost your memory, that goats know their friends, and that giant pandas are FedExed back to China.

12mins

17 Feb 2017

Rank #16

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Ep. 18: This week I learned fish have accents, and more

This week I learned fish 'speak' with accents, you can trick your brain into relieving an itch, your fridge is destroying your tomato, P.T. Barnum was the Donald Trump of the 1800s.

7mins

21 Oct 2016

Rank #17

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Ep. 68: This week I learned spoilers can actually make a story better, and more

This week I learned why you no longer need to fear the spoiler, that parents' have a gender bias when it comes to their kids, the psychology of why we find clowns so creepy, and that stress causes us to lose sight of other dangers.

14mins

6 Oct 2017

Rank #18

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Ep. 28: This week I learned 1 in 8 people is carrying around remnants of a twin consumed in the womb, and more

This week I learned there's a pretty good chance you consumed your twin in utero, that garlic can make you smell better, the fascinating story behind a classic tongue twister, and that reindeer eyes change colors with the season.

8mins

30 Dec 2016

Rank #19

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Ep. 34: This week I learned that Brazil and France almost went to war over lobster, and more

This week I learned about the Lobster War, the weird reason UPS trucks are so efficient, why whales leap into the air, and that there was once an astronaut who was allergic to the moon.

10mins

10 Feb 2017

Rank #20